For every snapshot we have of our kids, there are three screenshots cluttering our camera rolls and photo streams. But even if you're not a chronic app reviewer, you likely have more than a few web clips and Pinterest postings messing up your moments and collections — and if you don't want to delete them en masse, there aren't too many options for easy organization. Ember thinks there's a better way. Users of its pricey Mac app already know all about its slick navigation and organizational skills, but even web hoarders who haven't used Realmac's digital scrapbook since it was called LittleSnapper will want to check out the free iOS version.
There are plenty of places where OS X and iOS overlap. Files can be shared with ease through iCloud-enabled apps, Messages keeps our conversations in sync, and even our open Safari tabs can be viewed across our MacBooks and iPhones. But there's nothing on the touchscreen side that really replicates the experience of handling files on our Macs. The aptly-named Files App might be the closest thing to Finder that iOS will ever see.
Until iCloud matures enough for Apple to upend the entire OS X file management system, we’re stuck navigating folders and documents much in the same way we have since the early days of the Mac. Spotlight has made it a lot easier to find things, but the whole process still seems antiquated, especially in this post-PC world.
In OS X Lion, Apple added new functionality to Time Machine that automatically locks down files after two weeks. It was billed as a way to “prevent accidental changes in applications that support auto save,” but it has ended up being a nuisance. We’ll show you how to finally kick this “feature” to the curb and regain access to your locked files.
Look at Aperture’s vast collection of adjustment tools and it’s obvious how much more powerful it is than its smaller sibling, iPhoto. When you consider that most tools can be turned into brushes to apply a change to only one part of a photo, the level of sophistication becomes clear.
With Lion, Apple has included a way for developers to implement versioning control in their apps. So when you're saving files like documents you'll have access to both the past versions and current version. With a Time Machine-like interface, you’re able to view all of the changes in your documents and restore past versions if you accidentally delete something in the current version.
From Automator to AppleScript, the Mac has a lot of great automation tools built right in; however, these tools can sometimes be a little intimidating for novice users. Hazel is a system preference pane that remedies this by giving users some powerful sorting tools, but with a super-simple rules-based interface for configuring file-sorting options on their Mac.
Hazel works by monitoring a specific folder for files that match rules that are specified by the user. When a file appears in that folder matching the rule, you can specify an action. Actions can be as simplistic as notifying you via Growl, or as complex as taking the file and adding it to Evernote and beyond. We’ve compiled 7 awesome Hazel file-sorting rules that you won’t be able to live without.